Flightwise has put together a great collection of near real-time flight tracking tools for Google Earth. These tools display a wealth of information about each flight, such as the location, altitude, heading, speed, Departure time, Estimated Arrival time and aircraft type. In addition, the aircraft are displayed in Google Earth with their correct altitude and heading and their positions update every few minutes.
The file below the screenshot will let you view inbound flights for 11 major airports in the US and there are several additional different tools available from the Flightwise website including:
- Track a specific flight
- iPhone Tracker
It sounds like they have many other tools that utilize Google Earth available for paid subscribers, which I’m not. Unfortunately, the data only covers flights in the United States.